The National Honor Society (N.H.S.) was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) both to recognize and to encourage scholarship, character, service and leadership in the nation's secondary school students. Membership in local chapters of the N.H.S. is not a right but is an honor bestowed upon a student based on his or her actual demonstration of all four of these characteristics. Moreover, once named to the Society, a student has a continuing responsibility to demonstrate excellence in these areas.
At Immaculate, candidates to the Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the N.H.S. must be juniors or seniors who have maintained a 3.500 cumulative grade point average and they must have attended I.H.S. for a minimum of one semester in order to be invited to provide the five members of the Faculty Council with information about how they have demonstrated excellence in the other three areas. Their invitation to submit data on Student Activity Information Forms will be made shortly after class ranks have become available. It should be noted that the chapter adviser is an additional but non-voting member of the Council.
In addition to the information supplied by the students, all faculty and staff members who interact with students have the opportunity to provide the Council with their assessment of the degree to which candidates meet the criteria of membership. Faculty ratings and comments are a guide to the Faculty Council in making its decisions. In the event of a candidate's receiving a low rating, the Council verifies the reasons for the rating with the rater before making its decision.
When the Council has finished its deliberations, both selected and non-selected students will be notified of their status. Non-selected students will be invited by the adviser to discuss privately the area or areas in which the Council determined they did not meet or could not be judged to have met the standards for membership. It is particularly valuable for non-selected juniors to take advantage of this opportunity to learn what the Council recommends before they are again eligible on the basis of their scholarship at the beginning of their senior year.